W.Va. senator calls for chemical leak site to be torn down

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is calling for the demolition of the Freedom Industries site responsible for the chemical leak that contaminated water for 300,000 West Virginians.

Manchin — who before leaving on recess proposed a bill that calls for tighter regulations on chemical storage facilities — spent the week in his home state listening to residents affected by the chemical spill.

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"After speaking to people directly affected by the spill, it is clear West Virginians are still very concerned about the quality of their water and the potential long-term effects of the water contamination," Manchin said in a statement on Thursday.

"The first step to restoring confidence in our water system and ensuring West Virginians that their water is safe is to tear down Freedom Industry’s facility and completely remediate the site. We need to start from scratch."

"In addition, I will continue to work at the federal level to pass legislation that will fix the problems that allowed this disaster to happen in the first place,” Manchin added.